SVI has another insane Land Cruiser.
Toyota is preparing to reveal its latest iteration of the luxurious and legendary Land Cruiser. That hasn't been going exactly according to plan, as numerous leaks have already shown off the interior and the full body of the vehicle. But while Toyota is sure to be adding more luxury and tech to the latest LC, there's a company on the southern tip of Africa that specializes in revitalizing older Land Cruisers and enhancing them with armor. We've seen some of SVI's work before and were very impressed that the company created one that can drive over land mines, but now the South African firm is expanding its range for even more capability.
That first model we featured was called the Double Cab, and now the SVI MAX 3 range is bolstered by the Troopy, a bulletproof Land Cruiser capable of seating up to eight people. As with the Double Cab, this is built on the Land Cruiser 79-series chassis and is enhanced by upgraded suspension, wheels, and tires, capable of taking the additional weight of the armor.
SVI says that this vehicle offers "B6 level ballistic occupant protection against assault rifles including AK47 and R1". If that's not enough, you have the option to upgrade to B7-level with blast protection, but even in stock form, it is "damage-resistant against riot-type attacks".
SVI lists the applications of the vehicle including mining, security, riot control, civil security, anti-poaching, and convoy protection for valuables in transit. To save weight, SVI removes the standard body of the Land Cruiser 79 and replaces it with a new all-steel body with armor plating.
Due to the scenarios in which such a vehicle is likely to be used, SVI recommends a service interval of around 3,000 miles, and because most of the underlying vehicle is from the rugged Land Cruiser, Toyota can carry out such maintenance. As for cost, it starts at ZAR1.8 million before taxes - roughly $129,000.